Fully autonomous vehicles will be with us ‘by the end of the decade,’ according to General Motors’ R&D chief Alan Taub. Vehicles that partially drive themselves will be available ‘by the middle of the decade,’ Taub added.
GPS systems, sensors, radars and cameras will “supply critical information to the driver and car’s computer systems” to provide “added convenience by partially or even completely taking over the driving duties,” Taub added.
With the primary goal of safety, “systems will eliminate the crash altogether, by interceding on behalf of drivers before they’re even aware of a hazardous situation”.
GM’s vision has currently entered its second phase, with work on the Chevrolet-badged EN-V concept – now in its second generation – underway.
Thanks to the vehicle’s GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V can be driven manually or autonomously, which “could reduce vehicle crashes” and “reduce traffic congestion,” according to the firm.